Articles Tagged with Political parties

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Political parties are governed by federal, state, and local laws, but more to the point, they are controlled by their own party rules, bylaws, and traditions.

State and County political parties generally post their bylaws, rules, resolutions, and platforms on their websites.

The Oregon Blue Book section National, International and Tribal is a good place to start your research; it will link to statewide political party websites. Those websites will in turn link to local political party websites:

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After 10+ years of blogging about how to find Oregon law, statutes, regulations, cases, etc., it seems as though it’s time to pull back the curtain a little more and write about political party laws and operations.

Information about sources of existing Oregon political party laws and tips about how to find answers to your political party questions will be included.

I’m learning along with you so feel free to send along corrections and updates.

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There are good arguments for fixing existing political parties, but what if you decided to start your own party instead?

1) Think it through: Do you really want to get into this for the long haul? Learn about political and law making processes: Draft an Oregon Initiative or propose a federal law to one of your U.S. representatives to Congress. (Voting rights for 16 year olds or clapping is allowed only at the end of the State of the Union Address, maybe?) Take a look at this, “Nine Steps to Draft a Bill.”  Or read the Citizen Engagement webpages on Oregon Legislature.

2) Learn how existing political parties operate so you can become an expert on what needs to change: Run for office under existing state laws and political party rules, which you’ll find at their respective political party websites.